Joseph A Topper

Born: Sun., Apr. 15, 1945
Died: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019

Graveside Service

11:30 AM Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
Location: Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

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Joseph A. Topper, of Landisburg, Pennsylvania, passed away on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at the age of 73. A native of Hanover, Pennsylvania, Joe was born April 15, 1945, to the late Charles J. and Gertrude A. (Kale) Topper.


In 1963, Joe graduated from Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown. He then attended Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration in 1967 before joining the U.S. Army and deploying to the Vietnam War.


For most of his career, Joe was a CPA and auditor for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense at various facilities, including Northrop Grumman locations, Aberdeen Proving Ground and Letterkenny Army Depot.


During his retirement, Joe enjoyed the nature surrounding his new home in Landisburg. He also spent time gardening and woodworking. But the passion of his life was evangelizing. He wrote his own gospel tract, which he freely shared with everyone he met. He proudly wore a Vietnam-veteran hat he felt enabled him to speak more freely and frequently to strangers who introduced themselves to him.


Joe is survived by his wife, Rachel D. (Yohe) Topper; his daughter, Gemma Kieffer, her husband, Seth, and their son, Benjamin; his son Matthew J. Topper and Matthew’s wife, Beth; his other son Anthony J. Topper and Anthony’s wife, Andréa; as well as his brothers, Charles J. Topper Jr.; Phillip Topper and Phillip’s wife, Tracy; sister, Judy Topper, and her husband, Jeff; and numerous nieces and nephews.


His wife, family and friends will miss him greatly.


Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania, with Pastor Dennis Gerkin officiating.



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Bob & June Alspaugh
   Posted Mon January 28, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. My the Lord provide you all comfort. May He hold you in His hands. With heartfelt sympathies, Bob & June Alspaugh

Herbert Yohe
   Posted Mon January 28, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Herb and Wendy Yohe.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you at this time. Love, Herb and Wendy Yohe

Christopher Yohe
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019

SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent by Christopher Yohe.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Love, Christopher Yohe

Jonathan Yohe
   Posted Wed January 30, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you feel the presence of the Lord at this time. Love, Jonathan and Jennifer Yohe and family